02NR32 - EPA Deadline Extended

Motorcycle Riders Foundation
P.O. Box 1808
Washington, DC 20013-1808
202-546-0983 (voice)
202-546-0986 (fax)
wyld@mrf.org (e-mail)
http://www.mrf.org (website)

Contact: Tom Wyld
Phone: 202-546-0983
October 29, 2002


This afternoon, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) called the Motorcycle Riders Foundation (MRF) to report that the agency has decided to extend the public comment period on the proposed rulemaking on highway motorcycle emissions. The decision follows a flurry of activity in recent weeks by the MRF and State Motorcyclists' Rights Organizations (SMROs) nationwide to call upon the agency to grant more time to study the complex proposal and reach out to impacted small businesses.

Following visits to Washington, DC by ABATE of Wisconsin, U.S. Representatives Tom Petri (R-WI), Mark Green (R-WI) and Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) sent letters to EPA Administrator Christie Todd Whitman urging that more time be granted to motorcyclists and the motorcycling small business community. U.S. Representative Paul Ryan (R-WI) was also instrumental in this effort.

The Idaho Coalition for Motorcycle Safety (ICMS) was active back in the state in recent weeks, prompting letters to the EPA from U.S. Representatives Butch Otter (R-ID) and Mike Simpson (R-ID).

ABATE of Maryland visited many representatives in that state's Congressional delegation in the past few days, including U.S. Representatives Steny Hoyer (D-MD), Roscoe Bartlett (R-MD), Wayne Gilchrest (R-MD), Robert Ehrlich (R-MD, candidate for Governor of Maryland), Benjamin Cardin (D-MD) and Elijah Cummings (D-MD). ABATE's visit prompted helpful, supportive inquiries to the EPA from many of these offices.

The EPA indicated that the new deadline for public comment is January 7, 2003. The MRF will provide more information as soon as possible to help guide the public comment process. The MRF extends its congratulations to the above-mentioned SMROs, as well as ABATE of Alaska, ABATE of Illinois, ABATE of Ohio and countless others who have urged Congressional involvement in this crucial rulemaking that will determine the future of motorcycling in America.

- MRF: My Ride is Freedom -

The first motorcyclists' rights organization to establish a full-time legislative advocacy presence in Washington. The Motorcycle Riders Foundation is the only Washington voice devoted exclusively to the street rider. MRF established MRFPAC in the early 1990s to advocate the election of candidates who would champion the cause of rider safety and rider freedom. MRF proudly claims state motorcyclists' rights organizations and the very founders of the American rider rights movement among its leading members. Motorcyclists worldwide can thumb-start their search for rider rights and safety on the web at www.mrf.org.

All information contained in this release is copyrighted. Reproduction permitted with attribution. The Motorcycle Riders Foundation, incorporated in 1987, is an independent, membership-based national motorcyclists' rights organization headquartered in Washington D.C. which operates in co-partnership with State Motorcyclists' Rights Organizations nationwide. The MRF is involved in federal and state legislation and regulation, motorcycling safety education, training, licensing and public awareness. The MRF provides individual and SMRO member-volunteers with guidance, support and information to protect motorcyclists' rights and advance motorcycling and its associated lifestyle. The MRF sponsors annual regional and national educational seminars for motorcyclists' rights activists and publishes a bi-monthly newsletter, THE MRF REPORTS.

Voice: 202-546-0983, Fax: 202-546-0986, E-Mail: wyld@mrf.org, website: http://www.mrf.org

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